More jobs face axe at Mansfield’s West Notts College

Jobs are set to be axed at a cash-strapped Mansfield college.

About 100 positions were made redundant at Vision West Nottinghamshire College earlier this year – but now the college has warned of further staffing cuts.

Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Derby Road, Mansfield.

Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Derby Road, Mansfield.

Exact figures are not known, but the college, based at Derby Road, said there was a a potential “need to further reduce its staffing base”.

A college spokesman said: “The college is continuing to work on its recovery plan to resolve the significant financial issues that it faces.

“Unfortunately, this is likely to lead to a need to further reduce our staffing base.

“However, the detailed plans are still being finalised.

“Whatever staffing reductions the college makes, it is absolutely committed to protecting the excellent experience and high-quality teaching and learning our students receive.”

The college was also served with a “financial health notice to improve” in September after being forced to seek a £2,1 million loan from the Education Skills Funding Agency to cover a “short-term cashflow” problem over the summer.

It came after changes to the way apprenticeships were funded.

Long-serving college principal and chief executive Dame Asha Khemka stepped down from her £262,000 per year role at the start of October, before the college, which also has bases in Sutton and Kirkby, was placed in “administered” status earlier this month, after a report revealed a “serious corporate failure” at the college.

Martin Sim has been appointed interim principal and chief executive ahead of a search for a permanent successor to Dame Asha.

Mr Sim, who has more than 35 years’ experience in the further education sector, said his main priority was to “ensure the college remains a vital asset to the communities of Mansfield and Ashfield”.

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